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minister calls it a declaration of war. secretary of state john kerry issues a new warning to russia next on pbs "newshour weekend." >> pbs "newshour weekend" is made possible by louis b. and louise coleman. judy and josh westin. the walloch family, rosalynn p. walter. corporate finding provided by mutual of america designing customized individual retirement. that's why we're your retirement company. additional support is provided by -- and by public broadcasting and contributions from pbs viewers like you. thank you. from the tisch studios linc center in new york hari sreenivasan. >> thank you for joining us. international crisis surrounding ukraine benefitsified with many experts describing the situation as the greatest threat to east-west relations since the cold war. russian troops invade territory of crimea in the last hours today surrounded ukrainian mirlts. the prime minister of ukraine said that action brought the neighboring companies within what he described as a few inches of war. >> this is the red alert. this is not the threat, this is the actually the declaration of war to m
proposition for russia. >> reporter: the president is dispatching secretary of state kerry to kiev for meetings tomorrow with interim government leaders and parliamentarians. and he called on congress to act quickly on economic aid for ukraine. in brussels today, kerry's european union counterparts urged russia to take the path of mediation. carl bildt is sweden's foreign minister >> i think some in russia are still impressed by their military might. but i think after a while they will see the limitations. military might is not the way to make friends in europe, not to make friends in the world, and i think at some point in time they will start to see that. >> reporter: but in switzerland, russia's foreign minister, sergey lavrov, again said moscow was protecting russian citizens in crimea. and he lashed back at threats of economic penalties. >> ( translated ): those who attempt to interpret the situation as an act of aggression and threaten us with sanctions and boycotts, these are the very same partners of ours who consistently have encouraged political forces close to them to de
john kerry arrived in kiev's foggy independence square, paying tribute to protesters who died in sniper attacks. he condemned what he called russia's act of aggression. >> it is not appropriate to invade a country and, at the end of a barrel of a gun, dictate what you are trying to achieve. >> woodruff: kerry also met with ukraine's interim leaders, and announced a $1 billion economic package for the new government. meanwhile, there was more talk in the west of imposing sanctions on russia. even as moscow warned it would retaliate. foreign minister sergei lavrov spoke during a visit to tunisia. >> ( translated ): on our sanctions, i will not even exaggerate, we have always opposed unilateral sanctions. they never lead to anything good and i hope that our partners understand that this is counter- productive to political activity. >> woodruff: russia did agree to meet with nato representatives tomorrow, to discuss ukraine. and russian and world markets rose on those developments, and putin's words. >> woodruff: amid the tensions over ukraine, russia announced today it successfully test-fi
as a means of exerting influence inside of that state. >> charlie: secretary of state john kerry in kiev praised restraint. from phoenix, arizona, robert gates, served as secretary of defense from 2006 to 201 # 1. i'm pleased to have him back on the the program. early in his career, he was known as a russian expert. thank you, mr. secretary, glad to have you. >> good to be here. >> charlie: when will you lose the neck brace? >> with any luck, about three weeks. >> charlie: is the president handling this about right or not? >> i think he is. trying to get thel the allies oe same page and being willing to collectively first threaten and then potentially implement severe sanctions against russia for what they had done in ukraine is exactly what he should be doing. i think that it's important at this stage to be careful with the rhetoric that you don't say things to look tough, that then in retrospect look hollow if you're unable to follow through. i think the challenge the president faces is that our allies may not be as willing to go along with these sanctions as they should be. we're hear
, john kerry. they were calling for the international support group. there was a lot of negotiating still to be done, and the americans are still using their biggest weapon, the threat of serious economic and political consequences. >> we will call for russia to speak with the government of ukraine to send troops back to to welcome and international observers and human rights monitors, and we have seen today what happened with the special envoy just how special it is to assure the safety of those monitors and observers. admitted this needs to be created, conditions of threats and ultimatums. it is difficult to have an honest agreement. the ground in ukraine, the tension is still extremely high. pro-russiann city, demonstrators stormed through the government buildings in the city. they had lost control of them a few hours earlier to forces loyal to the new, pro-western government in kiev, but now, the crowd was taking them back again. by the end, the russian flag was flying over the building. here in the crimean peninsula, the russian takeover is pretty much complete. ukrainian naval ships
situation is absolutely deplorable. noted, wery kerry have in north korea a system, a deplorable system in which every aspect of citizens lives are controlled and the government simply has no tolerance for the basic human dignity of its people. also in syria, the world witnessed with horror the chemical attack last summer in which over 1000 civilians lost their lives. this has been accompanied by policies of starvation, of conventional weapons against civilians among and basically brutal means of attacks on women and children as a means of sustaining the regime's dominance. >> by highlighting the situation , what are you hoping to achieve? john kerry said this is not just a high-minded exercise. >> is important to bear in mind the purpose of these reports which are now in her 35th year. they were crated by mandate in which the state department would assess an objective standard, in this case the ever so declaration of human rights. assess countries with which the u.s. has no diplomatic relations, we also assessed against the same standards our closest partners. >> what did your report t
to try to defuse it tensions and ukraine. secretary of state john kerry urged russia to abide by international law. president putin said he would use military force as a last resort. tensions are still very high, and no one is sure how the standoff will end. up we begin coverage tonight in crimea. >> this is the moment when crisis could have turned into war. man of ukraine's 62nd fighter regiment marched toward the russian roadblock which ours their way to the airbase. at the end of the road, three russian soldiers, with others covering the parm. all of this live on ukrainian television. a bbc team was also there. by keeping relatively calm, the russian officer probably saved the day. you can see the tension in the face of the soldier who opened fire. that, waiting for their decision. >> that is the position that ukraine as a whole has. the biggest danger about a situation like this is that something quite low level can go wrong, shooting will start, and then the situation will get completely out of control. moment, that look like a serious possibility of the year -- at the ai
today from the bloomberg news washington bureau. endira, welcome. en john kerry says beware of messages, what he' are -- what's he mean? >> that's trying to put on the record for the whole world to hear that the united states does not want russia to have a military intervention here. this has echos of the intervention by russia in georgia. the same kind of language preceeded that with russia talking about how it was in its national interest at stake. so the u.s. does not want to see that happen neither does the e.u. gwen: this is about a conflict involving europe and russia. increasely it involves u.s. an russia. is that a correct reading? >> a lot of people have jumped on this as an example of what they're calling a new cold war. it all depends on the lens through which you're looking and we've seen some editorial pages in washington talk about that, a new cold war. the obama administration is very keen to get away from that notion as much as possible. why? because obama knows that he needs putin and russia's support on other key international issues like iran, like syria, like north k
: secretary of state john kerry due to travel to kiev tomorrow. senator john mccain joins us from washington. earlier today he denounced the administration's foreign policy before the american israel public affairs committee. >> this is the ultimate result of a factless foreign policy where nobody believes in america's strengths anymore. >> charlie: later we'll be joined by three foreign policy experts who know russia and this crisis well. stephen hadley, former national security advisor to president bush, mike mcfaul, who has been ambassador to russia for president obama, and nicholas burns, a veteran diplomat in the state department. but first, senator mccain. welcome. >> thank you, charlie. >> charlie: tell me what it is about the foreign policy you consider factless. >> well, among other things, the entire approach to vladimir putin and russia, since the president came to office, and we had to have the reset that, in a conversation overheard, he said to tell putin i'll be more flexible. it may not be a cold war as far as barack obama is concerned, but vladimir putin who said the greatest
the ukranian people. international support for kiev is growing. u.s. secretary of state john kerry was there today expressing moral support along with a massive aid package, and he spiced in some tough words for russia. >> if russia does not choose to deescalate, if it is not willing to work directly with the government of ukraine as we hope they will be, then our partners will have absolutely no choice but to join us to continue to expand upon steps we have taken in recent days in order to isolate russia politically, d diplomatically and economically. >> steve sedge wik is in kiev with the latest challenges the interim government still faces. >> reporter: here in kiev on tuesday a slight lessening of tensions. for the first time since the start of the crisis we heard from russian president putin who appeared to say there will be no russian military activity across ukraine. he failed to answer the questions about whether there were 16,000 russian troops on the crimeaen peninsula. elsewhere we're seen secretary of state john kerry offering support to the fledgling pro-western govern
to sevastopol and the russian black sea fleet >> reporter: in washington, secretary of state kerry spoke with russian foreign minister sergei lavrov by phone. kerry said lavrov assured him that moscow has no designs on ukraine. >> i made it clear that intervention would, in our judgement, be a very grave mistake. i nevertheless, made it clear that that could be misinterpreted at this moment and that there are enough tensions that it is important for everybody to be extremely careful not to inflame the situation and not to send the wrong messages. he reaffirmed to me that president putin is committed and that as a matter of policy, they do not intend to violate the sovereignty of ukrainement. >> and this afternoon the united nations security council met to discuss ukraine. >> meanwhile the deposed president of ukraine viktor yanukovych renewed his claim on that post today in his first public appearance since he fled kiev last friday. he called the pending may 25 elections illegitimate, and the interim ukrainian leadership bandits, speaking in the russian city of rostovondon, hard by the
, but negotiators came away with little to show for their efforts. secretary of state john kerry met with his counterparts from russia, britain, france and germany. the session was brief with no breakthroughs. kerry said the meetings were constructive, and that no one is served by further confrontation. >> we agreed to continue these intense discuss in coming days with russia, with ukrainians, in order to see who we can help normalize, stabilize and overcome this crisis. >> ifill: but russian foreign minister sergei lavrov gave no indication, before or after the paris meeting, that moscow would pull back in crimea. instead, he insisted, again, that the troops occupying much of the region are not russian, but local. >> ( translated ): regarding the self-defense forces created by the people of crimea, we do not have any power over them, they do not listen to our orders. >> ifill: lavrov also declined to meet with ukraine's acting foreign minister. he said there would be further discussions in days to come. meanwhile, in crimea itself, u.n. special envoy robert serry was forced to abandon his mi
-cabrera in kiev. >> late today, u.s. secretary of state john kerry said the u.s. is considering a $1 billion in loan guarantees to ukraine, but no decision has been made yet. >>> still ahead, j.c. penney says it expects sales and gross profits to improve this year. but is it enough to turn investor sentiment? >>> some positive news from j.c. penney after the market closed today and investors seemed to be encouraged enough to buy the stock at least for now. after the the bell, the struggling retailer reported a loss of 68 cents a share, but that was a lot less than analysts estimates. sales rose 2% to $3.8 billion, but that was below wall street forecasts. j.c. penney says it expects sales and gross margins to improve in 2014. and that's one reason shares initially jumped as much as 10% in after-hours trading. but j.c. penney isn't in the clear. courtney reagan has more on the challenges ahead and what some analysts are advising investors to do with the stock. >> reporter: j.c. penney seems to garner an outsize amount of attention every earnings season for the past few years. and with good re
. the ukrainian prime minister calls it a declaration of war. secretary of state john kerry issues a new warning to russia next on pbs "newshour weekend." >> pbs "newshour weekend" is made possible by louis b. and louise coleman. judy and josh westin. the walloch family, rosalynn p. wa.
-russian crimea. u.s. society john kerry warned russia must be very careful in the judgments and keep the commitments to respect the sovereignty of ukraine. "new yorker" editor david remnick just returned from sochi where he covered the olympic games for nbc. his article in can the new york this week is called "patriot games-- vladimir putin lives his olympic dream." i am very pleased to have our friend david remnick back at this table. so here you are, not an editor. your talent. >> talent, as they say on tv. who knew? you never called me talent. just the opposite. >> rose: first of all, it was a different experience for you. i mean, you're there for nbc commenting on-- >> the opening ser mope was the main thing, and then i did a few things with bob costas-- poor guy. >> rose: i know. >> he played hurt as long as he could. he was willis. >> rose: he was, oh, god. the captain limped out, did he? >> he did, like el sid. but it was-- you know, most olympic games are the olympic games, and they're exciting for the athletic thing and you get to see it and focus on an olympic city. but thi
the one that cameรง out today, secretary kerry saying it would be a terrible mistake or words to that affect for the russians to do something, the white house itself putting out a statement. how is that read by moscow do you think? >> the problem we have right now is we have all kinds of competing narratives about what is happening. the russians have also been accusing frankly the united stitz and the european union have directly intervening here as well. so sometimes the statements are not received in the way that we would hope they are in moskow. this might be seen as grandstanding in fact. rather than as a very clear statement that there is a red line here. we were as nadia suggested in the situation before in 2008, before the war with georgia in august of 2008, similar statements were made on all kinds of sides. and there was also a situation there where many citizens of russia, people without were living in the ses sessionist republic had assumed russian citizenship were deemed to be at risk by the russian government. and again there was a situation where we saw momentum
of state john kerry said he spoke with russia's foreign minister, who promised to respect ukraine's sovereignty. meanwhile, russian news accounts said ousted ukrainian president viktor yanukovich is sheltering at a kremlin retreat near moscow. there's word he plans a news conference tomorrow. we'll get more on the developing situation, right after the news summary. bomb blasts shook baghdad and other parts of iraq today, killing at least 52 people. most of the deaths came in a motorcycle bombing that struck a shi-ite market. other attacks hit both shi-ite and sunni sections of the city. a wave of violence began last april, and has continued despite government pledges to restore security. in northeastern nigeria, islamist fighters struck again today, killing at least 33 people. survivors said gunmen with boko haram staged an all-night attack on a town and several villages after soldiers ran away from military checkpoints. on tuesday, the militants murdered almost 60 students at a government school in a neighboring state. gay rights activists cheered today after arizona governor jan
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